Why the Celebration?
Martin Gardner passed away on May 22, 2010. He wanted no memorials, but he expressed a desire for the Gatherings For Gardner to continue.
In this spirit the Gathering 4 Gardner Foundation will celebrate Martin's life and work, and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to Mathematics, Science, Art, Magic, Puzzles and all of his other interests and writings. We encourage everyone to bring a magic trick, puzzle, recreational mathematics problem or story about Martin to share at your event. We will host an archive of the events to share with all of the participants.
The first Martin Gardner Global Celebration of Mind Gathering took place in different locations around the world on October 21, 2010, which would have been Martin's 96th Birthday. Continuing with the tradition, the second and third took place on or around October 21st. The fourth annual event will happen on or around Monday, October 21st 2013.
The Global Gathering welcomes everybody to join this celebration party by signing up to attend an event in your area, or take the lead to organize and host a celebration party by following these instructions. Your party can be anywhere from two people to an infinite amount!
Everyone is invited to Celebration of Mind.
A popular American writer, who specialized in mathematics and science writing, Martin Gardner paved a path for recreational mathematics with his column, "Mathematical Games", in Scientific America from 1956-1981. Gardner was a man of various interests, some of which included: stage magic, literature, philosophy, scientific skepticism, religion, and micro-magic. His best-selling book, The Annotated Alice, incorporates Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by explaining Carroll's word play, mathematical concepts, Victorian traditions, and contemporary references.